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Comprehensive Sex Education for Refugee and Immigrant Elementary (4-6th) School Students


The goal of this project is to pilot a Comprehensive Sex Education (CSE) for late elementary school students of refugee and immigrant backgrounds. CSE is defined by the United Nations Population Fund as giving young people access to information “to protect their health, well-being and dignity” and it is part of a human-rights approach to education. That includes giving young people information about consent, gender, sexuality, how their bodies work, and their health, to allow them autonomy to make decisions about their future. This is a partnership between the School of Medicine, the School for Social and Cultural Transformation, and a community partner (Sunnyvale Community Center). The partnership fulfills the campus-wide goals of engaging the university and the broader community in a dialogue that leads to positive growth for all involved. It also seeks to provide students with the opportunity to build a sense of community and belonging on campus and outside its boundaries. Furthermore, it works towards moving knowledge produced on campus into the community and strengthens the relationship between underserved populations and health service providers in the University system. The success of the pilot will provide the footprint to the development of youth curriculum and guidelines to train educators and health professionals who work in direct contact with these populations.

Collaborators

ANA CAROLINA ANTUNES
School of Cultural and Social Transformation
Gender Studies
Project Owner

BETHANY EVERETT
College of Social and Behavioral Science
Sociology

NICOLE MIHALOPOULOS
School of Medicine
Pediatrics

Project Info

Funded Project Amount
$15K

Keywords
sex education, refugee, immigrant, youth, K-6, education, maturation, puberty, gender identity, sexuality, gender

Project Status
Funded 2020
Last Updated: 1/23/20